AIKEN 14 WILLISTON-ELKO 0
By JEREMY TIMMERMAN
GRANITEVILLE — Once Aiken High got its offense going in the second quarter of the Aiken County Jamboree on Friday against Williston-Elko, the Hornets cruised to a 14-0 victory.
The teams traded punts on their first possessions, but Aiken found its rhythm on the second drive, capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Bryson Jones to Brycen Carolina in the front corner of the end zone.
“I thought he controlled the game,” head coach Brian Neal said of Jones, who completed 3 of 5 passes for 20 yards and also ran for 2 yards. “I thought he did well.”
Williston-Elko got the ball across midfield on its next drive and elected to go for the first down on fourth-and-1 just inside Aiken territory. The drive stalled right there.
In all, six Blue Devils carried the ball for gains in the exhibition. While head coach Derek Youngblood was happy with the “stable of backs” and the progress his offensive line has made, he said his team needs to work inconsistency out of its system.
“We've just got to get more consistent,” he said. “Just doing all the little things the right way.”
Aiken took over on its own 48-yard line and went on the move. The Hornets eventually scored on a 21-yard run by Brayton Sanders, who finished the 18-minute period with nine carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Terrell Lewis added three carries for 20 yards.
“I think we've got two pretty good ones, Brayton and Terrell,” said Neal, noting that the challenge for his coaching staff will be to keep the backs – who both play defense – rested.
For the Blue Devils, Fabian Bing led the way with six carries for 19 yards, followed by quarterback Marcell Wright with four carries for 13 yards. His lone pass attempt likely would've been for a first down but went off Bing's hands.
Neal was pleased with the way his team played on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing one play of more than 10 yards. That came on a run by Wright on the Blue Devils' final possession late in the frame.
“Much better than our two scrimmages. We tackled a lot better,” he said.
Youngblood, whose team plays at the Class A level, was grateful for the experience of playing a Class AAA school.
“It's a great thing to come over and play against a bigger school,” he said.
Both teams will be in action in Week Zero, with Williston-Elko traveling to play Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Aiken hosting Strom Thurmond.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.
AIKEN 14, WILLISTON-ELKO 0
AHS–Bryson Jones 9 pass to Brycen Carolina (Jacob Norton kick) 11:13.
AHS–Brayton Sanders 21 run (Norton kick) 6:13.
AHS–Sanders 9-55-1TD, Terrell Lewis 3-20, Jones 3-2. Total 15-77-1TD.
WE–Devon Fagans 4-12, Andrew Milligan 4-10, Fabian Bing 6-19, Andre Dunbar 4-10, Marcell Wright 4-13, Keyshawn Ogletree 2-8. Totals 24-72.
AHS–Jones 3-5-20 1TD.
AHS–Antawn Chandler 1-1, Carolina 1-9-1TD, Bruce Nation 1-10.